MemberM Selim Yavuz

I earned a PhD degree in Musicology/Sociology from Leeds Beckett University. I taught “Composition Techniques in 20th century”, “Critical Perspectives in Musical Composition”, “Introduction to Sociology”, and “Social Thought in Movies” at various institutions and departments. I come from a computer science and engineering and historical musicology background. My PhD thesis focused on the genealogy of death/doom metal music networks in northern England. I have previously worked on John Dowland’s religious oeuvre and Elizabethan social structures in 17th century; and I have also written a dissertation on the ideas of death and suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music. My research interests include extreme metal cultures, gaming cultures, and sociology of scientific knowledge among others.

MemberChristiane Wagner

Christiane Wagner has been a visiting research professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) since 2019. She has also been developing a research project at the Contemporary Art Museum of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP) since 2020. She was a visiting professor and researcher of Aesthetics and Sciences of Communication, UNICAMP (Fellowship CAPES 2014–2018, Habilitation, venia legendi). Both universities (USP and UNICAMP) are ranked as the best universities in Latin America. In 2018, after a successful initial selection for the Chair of Philosophy and Aesthetics (with special attention to design), she was invited to a trial lecture at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. She was awarded a doctoral degree in Germany in Sciences of Art and Aesthetics (Promotion, 2014) recognized by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art (Anabin). She has a PhD in Sciences of Art and Aesthetics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (magna cum laude), with a thesis titled “Aesthetics: Contemporary Image. Analysis of the Concept Innovation” (2013), also a PhD in Design and Architecture (with honor); and a master’s degree in Sciences of Communication (with honor) from the University of São Paulo, with a dissertation titled “In Art: Invention and Artifice” (2009). Her dissertations for her USP master’s degree, USP architecture and design PhD, and Sorbonne aesthetics and sciences of art PhD were each nominated for book publication by the respective examining boards. Upon her graduation, she attended the Academy of Visual Arts in Frankfurt, and later, in São Paulo, she majored in industrial design at the School of Fine Arts (Bachelor of Arts degree first class honors, 2003). In Berlin, she was awarded the Art Campaign Award, Neumann & Müller, 2006. She gave lectures and participated in panel discussions on Aesthetics and Sciences of Communication at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany, and ACTE Institute, Æsthetica, Art et Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is also active in the German, French, European, and International Aesthetics Associations, and many international conferences. She is a scientific advisor of the Research Foundation FAPESP, a scientific committee member of the Center for Open Access in Science and Center of Studies of the Contemporary Communication in Europe. Christiane Wagner is the editor of the Research Committee in Visual Sociology (ISA RC57), International Sociological Association (208-2022); associate editor Magazine of Culture, University of São Paulo since 2016, and editor-in-chief, founder, and creative director of the Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, and a member of the College Art Association of America in New York, NY. She often participates in scientific advisory boards for master’s degrees and doctorates, and scientific committees in media studies and aesthetics. Languages:  German, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

MemberUlrich Herb

Focus areas: electronic publishing, science communication & infrastructure, scientific publishing, scientometrics, science research, social media, media & information journalism, science journalism. Editorial board member  (Information, Wissenschaft & Praxis), Reviewer for several scientific journals (including Scientometrics, Information – Open Access Information Science Journal, First Monday, Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, Mitteilungen der Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen & Bibliothekare, Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis“ (TATuP) and Information, Wissenschaft & Praxis). Currently:

  • Saarland University (SULB), project manager  & scientific publishing expert
  • 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017:  Visiting lecturer in Information Science at the Stuttgart Media University (HdM)
  • 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017: Visiting lecturer in Information Science at the University of Applied Sciences in Chur/Switzerland

MemberRevekka Kefalea

Apart from my studies in social and political sciences, I am also certified in cultural management and I have attended various seminars on the creative reuses of digital cultural heritage. By participating in a few research projects, I familiarised myself with using open accessed digital archives and repositories – and gradually, apart from their scientific and educational value, I discovered the creative possibilities offered by the rights to reuse, modify and remix their content. Since then, I take initiatives and actively participate in various events aiming at the engagement of the general public with the extension, enlargement and creative reuses of the digital commons.

MemberGreg Hollin

My name is Greg Hollin and I’m a Wellcome Research Fellow based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Leeds – before this I was a lecturer in social theory at the same school. Before that I was based in the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham. I’m interested in the sociology of science and medicine and my work is largely focused around two areas. Firstly, I’ve studied the role of cognitive psychology and neuroscience in emerging diagnoses. Much of my research here has focused upon autism but my current project (see below) is examining Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the context of contact sports. Secondly, I’m interested in new materialism and more-than-human research. I’ve examined these questions in relation to of the consolidation of Beagles as a breed of choice within laboratories but am also working on other cases.


Researching, analyzing and evaluating the complex information are my key domain.The sociological thought process and the sociological way of looking at the world interests me.   As a sociologist relating sociological knowledge to social and public sphere is my key area and due to this I am able to take on the responsibility of being a researcher and have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of it.

MemberMatthew Boxer

Matthew Boxer is an Assistant Research Professor at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, and the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, all at Brandeis University. His research varies widely and includes socio-demographic research on the Jewish community in the United States, social psychological processes of Jewish identity development, Jewish young adults’ volunteer habits and preferences, Israel studies on college campuses in the United States and Canada, and the impact of formal and informal Jewish educational experiences on Jewish identity. Matt currently serves as the treasurer of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College.

MemberZbigniew Osiński

From 1996 to this day – I am employed at the Faculty of Humanities MCS University in Lublin: 1996-1999 employed as a teaching assistant, 1999 –  2008 as an assistant professor at the Institute of History; 2008 – 2012 as an assistant professor at the Institute of Library and Information Science, from 2012 as an associate professor at the same institute; from 2009 I’m a chief of Department of Information Science; Research interests: Information science: educational and scientific Internet database; sources for humanities research available on the Internet; Internet as a space for humanists scientific communication; information architecture and usability of educational and scientific services; bibliometrics and webometrics; Digital humanities: information visualization and data analysis of large collections of text and graphics objects, the efficiency of transfer of information and knowledge through infographics, humanities on the Internet;

MemberDerek R. Strykowski

Derek R. Strykowski holds a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Brandeis University, where he was a Mildred and Herbert Lee fellow, and is presently a clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. As a scholar of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Strykowski investigates the history of composition from a range of social-scientific perspectives in order to advance our theoretical knowledge of the relationship between compositional circumstance and the development of musical style. For example, his recent article in the Journal of Musicological Research (2016) illuminates not only the artistic origins of Alban Berg’s late operatic style but also the behavioral principles that its development represents. Currently in preparation are a pair of research articles, one of which is forthcoming from Notes (2018), that explore how the business of music publishing influenced the development of nineteenth-century style. He also maintains a second program of research involving the formal empirical analysis of sixteenth-century polyphony. Having performed a quantitative corpus study of the four- and five-voice madrigals of the Italian composer Luca Marenzio, Strykowski recently published “Text Painting, or Coincidence? Treatment of Height-Related Imagery in the Madrigals of Luca Marenzio” in the Empirical Musicology Review (2017). This same methodological approach—sometimes associated with the digital humanities—has also begun to inform his primary line of research as a means to gauge the long-term historical development of a musical style.